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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Public forum in Lanikai set

"Antenna farms" growing on the hills and hiking trails above Lanikai will be the topic of discussion at a public forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lanikai Community Center on Kaiolena Drive.

State Rep. Joe Gomes, R-51 (Waimanalo-Lanikai-Keolu Hills-Enchanted Lake) has invited seven wireless telephone companies to address questions raised by the community.

Residents are uneasy about antenna proliferation, Gomes said.

"These antennas are located very near to homes and sit in the middle of a hiking trail on conservation land that also plays host to endangered wildlife," he said.

Some of the issues to be discussed at the public forum are safety, location, erosion, compliance and esthetics.

Lane closed for rock-wall work

The state will close the Waimanalo-bound lane of Kalaniana'ole Highway above Makapu'u Beach from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow to repair the rock wall and pavement cracks.

The state Department of Transportation will inspect the area and make any necessary repairs, said spokeswoman Marilyn Kali.

The DOT advises motorists to use caution while driving through the work site, anticipate delays or take an alternate route.


School auction raises $10,000

Koko Head Elementary School's silent auction and dinner to raise money to pay for rewiring the school's computer network system last week brought in more than $10,000.

The food, donated by Outback Steakhouse, was served to more than 400 people who showed up for the silent auction, Learning Fair and school May Day Celebration.

The school still needs additional money to pay to have the school's computer network rewired.


Weed & Seed contact named

Assistant U.S. Attorney Constance Hassell has been named the point of contact for the Weed & Seed crime prevention program pending appointment of a new U.S. attorney in Honolulu, acting U.S. Attorney Elliot Enoki said.

U.S. Attorney Steve Alm was the point of contact for his office until his resignation April 30 to accept appointment as a state judge in the 1st Circuit Court.

High schools get computers

Ten Island high schools received computers and teacher training yesterday as part of a program to teach students personal money management skills.

The 50 computers were donated by Visa U.S.A., First Hawaiian Bank and American Savings Bank. They also donated a financial literacy program called Practical Money Skills For Life, which covers the basics of money management. Teachers at the 10 schools also are receiving training in the program.

The high schools receiving computers are McKinley, Kaimuki, Farrington, Wai'anae, Waialua and Olomana on O'ahu; Waiakea, Hilo and Waimea on the Big Island; and Moloka'i.

They each get five computers of their choice — laptops, desktops or wireless.


Review of Kunia master plan set

A public informational meeting to review the Kunia Neighborhood Park master plan is at 7 p.m. May 30 at Ha'ae'ae Community Park.

The city has appropriated $600,000 in its budget for park improvements, including tennis and basketball courts and a comfort station. A contract was awarded this year and construction is expected to begin in a few weeks, according to City Councilwoman Rene Mansho's office.

The meeting will allow residents to comment on the master plan before construction begins.

For more information, call Mansho's office at 547-7001.


Pearl City board to meet

The Pearl City Neighborhood Board's monthly committee meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Pearl City Library auditorium, 1138 Waimano Home Road.

Six committees will go over agenda items at the meeting and discussions will include an update on the Youth Sexual Offender Treatment Facility, plans for Kuala Street traffic calming and the 'Aiea-Pearl City Vision Team projects.